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Extension Office Extra: Water Testing Clinics

18 September 2020

We ran out of time on The Valley Today before we could get all of the details from Mark Sutphin, Horticulture Agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension about their upcoming water testing clinics. Mark works out of the VCE-Frederick County office but also serves Clarke, Page, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties and is the lead agent working with Extension Master Gardener volunteers in the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

In this extended segment, Mark told us about the water testing clinics that will be offered to residents of the five surrounding counties. He explained that private water supplies like wells and springs are unregulated and that it’s the responsibility of the homeowner to regularly test water quality, maintain the water system, and address any problems. This is why water testing clinics are offered through Virginia Cooperative Extension Offices in Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties.  Participation is voluntary and confidential.

Water samples are collected by participating homeowners and analyzed for 14 parameters, including bacteria, metals, nitrate, and hardness at a cost of $60 per sample kit.  A limited number of scholarships are available upon request. Please contact the Virginia Cooperative Extension Frederick County Office to inquire: (540) 665-5699.

A live kick-off presentation will be available to explain the proper way to collect water samples and to answer any questions participants may have. Results and water system care and maintenance information will be sent to each participant either by email or mail. A results meeting for all counties will be held on Monday, December 7, 2020 at 6:30pm (via Zoom) to help explain the summary results and the recommendations to address problems. All information is kept strictly confidential. Pre-registration/pre-payment is required by October 14, 2020 and can be done online or by mail. To see the dates for picking up your water testing kit, get the details for how the water testing process works and/or to register online, go to https://tinyurl.com/NorthernShenandoahWelltest2020.

Download the packet of information: 2020 NSV Drinking Water Testing Clinics

Extension Office Extra: Water Testing Clinics

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